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This is the e-book version of the classic work on affirmations that was originally published by Bantam Books in 1990, which has sold close to 100,000 books and has been translated into eight languages.
The heart of Words That Heal consists of a series of 52 passages or "teachings," each of which contains three parts:
1) A Meditation—a short passage that offers thoughts and reflections about a specific subject or life experience.
2) A Series of Affirmations—positive thoughts and ideas that when repeated will help you to transform your negative beliefs and attitudes.
3) A Quotation that encapsulates the essence of the teaching.

In addition, Words That Heal contains these special features:

• An overview of what affirmations are and how to use them for readers not familiar with affirmations.

• A concordance containing a list of common emotional or spiritual challenges (i.e. fear, anger, sadness, loss, etc) along with the specific meditations that provide guidance on how to heal and transform them.

• An appendix that contains dozens of affirmations for the reader to use which are listed under seven distinct headings: Self-Esteem, Love and Relationships, Creative Self-Expression, Work/Vocation, Prosperity, Health, and Spiritual Development.

For the individual who is experiencing anxiety, fear or hopelessness, having problems with health, going through a career crisis, suffering grief after the loss of a loved one, or simply looking for encouragement and inspiration, Words That Heal offers comfort, support, insight and understanding.

Here is what other self-help authors have to say about Words That Heal.

I wholeheartedly endorse Douglas Bloch's work on affirmations.
Words damaged our souls and there are words that heal. Please read it!
John Bradshaw, author of Healing the Shame That Binds You

A wonderful book for those who are willing to open their hearts.
Jerry Jampolsky, author of Love is Letting Go of Fear
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INTRODUCTION

How to Use This Book

Great thoughts come from the heart.

Chinese Proverb

Words That Heal is a book of spiritual guidance that is designed to:

* Help you to use the creative power of thought to shape your own reality.

* Provide you with daily inspiration that will raise your spirits and enhance the quality of your life.

* Get you in touch with your inner knowing. For many centuries, humanity depended upon institutions and doctrines to lead it to the experience of our God-consciousness. As we approach the dawn of a new age, we are learning to rely upon our own intuition to experience the divinity within.

The heart of Words That Heal consists of a series of 52 passages or teachings, each of which contains three parts:

1) A Meditation—a short passage that offers thoughts and reflections about a specific subject or life experience. Each meditation will speak to you in its own way, providing support, comfort, insight, and understanding.

2) A series of Affirmations—positive thoughts and ideas that when repeated will help you to transform your negative beliefs and attitudes. For those readers not familiar with affirmations, the text begins with an overview of what affirmations are and how to use them.

3) A Quotation that encapsulates the essence of the teaching.

While it is possible to read the passages straight through as you would a novel, think of the book as a collection of individual stories, each of which tells its own tale and can be approached one at a time.

Refer to Words That Heal as you would any other inspirational work. You can consult with it on a regular basis or periodically, whenever you feel the need to go within and access your secret place of the most high.

We are on a journey—a journey of change and transformation. Everything you need to know lies within you. May the words that follow lead you to your inner guidance and make your path a smoother and more joyful one."

May they be words that heal.

CHAPTER 1

Affirmations: The Power of Positive Speaking

One of the major elements in Words That Heal are the Affirmations. Before moving on to the text, let’s briefly explore the nature of affirmations and how you can use them to your maximum benefit.

An Affirmation is a positive thought or idea that you consciously focus on in order to produce a desired result. The affirmation is a simple yet powerful tool that can heal and transform your most deeply held beliefs.

Affirmations are based upon the following two principles:

1) Your outer reality is a direct reflection of your predominant thoughts and beliefs.

2) Change your thoughts and you change your reality.

A related principles states:

3) Your thoughts manifest through the spoken (What you say is what you get) and written word.

For example, a few years ago, I left a secure job to pursue my writing full time. Consequently, I was a bit anxious and apprehensive about how I would fare. To allay my fears, I created the following affirmation: I have the ability to create support for myself in my life.

Once you formulate an affirmation, the first step is to use it and see how it feels. When I gave mine a try, I found that whenever I would repeat these words, either to myself or out loud, I experienced a calmness and confidence and a decrease in my fear. The effect was subtle, but clearly noticeable. During the next few weeks, whenever I felt self-doubt or anxiety, I simply recited the affirmation which created a state of peace and serenity.

More than allaying my fears, I was reprogramming my subconscious mind to believe that I could be competent in the world. This new belief led to corresponding changes in behavior which created the outcome I desired—a series of completed books.

That is the first level of how affirmations work—by making life a self-fulfilling prophecy. When boxing great Muhammed Ali first proclaimed I AM THE GREATEST, he was a relatively unknown boxer named Cassius Clay. Ten years and thousands of repetitions later, he was hailed as the greatest fighter of all time. Ali had tapped into the power of the affirmation.

Now, let’s take a moment and learn how one can create affirmations.

How to Create Healing Affirmations

Using affirmations to heal your life is a simple and enjoyable process. What follows is a method that I have to be quite effective.

1) Pick an area of your life that needs healing.

The topic of your affirmation can involve a relationship, your health, work, finances, peace of mind, etc. For an example, let’s choose the area of relationships. Perhaps you have been carrying around some old anger that you are now ready to release.

2) Decide what you want to occur in that area of your life. What would it feel like if that part of your life were healed?

In our example, you probably want to let go of the anger and experience peace and forgiveness.

3) State the desired outcome in the first person.

As you write your words, keep in mind the following points:

a) The first and most important principle in structuring an affirmation is to state it in the positive. When you say, "I am not angry, the subconscious mind screens out the not and hears I am angry. To prevent this from occurring, rephrase the affirmation to directly state what you want—e.g. I am peaceful now."

b) Second and just as important, write affirmations in the present tense, as if they were happening in this moment. Thus, you say "I am filled with peace instead of I will become filled with peace."

4) Experience how it feels. Once you have written your affirmation, say it to yourself a few times and listen to your response. When you have found a good affirmation, you will feel a sense of rightness in your gut. If the affirmation doesn’t quite feel right, you can fine tune it by altering one or two words. Thus, "I am experiencing peace, may work better if stated as I am at peace or I am peace."

5) Repeat your affirmation each day. Say it to yourself, say it out loud, or write it down. Repetition is the mother of learning.

When you repeat an affirmation, it impresses its thought pattern on your mind and transforms your previously held beliefs. The more you use your affirmation, the more rapid and powerful the healing will be. Soon those words will become a living presence in your awareness. Later, you will actually become those words. If you repeat the affirmation, I am peace, you will become peace. When you say, I am love, you are love.

6) Turn the final outcome over to a higher power. How many times have you thought you wanted something, only to realize later that having it would have been a major fiasco? Oftentimes, we affirm a certain want or desire when in fact the universe has something entirely different planned—something, which is for our higher good. For this reason, I always conclude my affirmations with the following statement: This or something better now manifests for me in totally satisfying and harmonious ways for the highest good of all concerned. This way, I know that my will and the will of the universe are aligned.

Techniques for Further Reinforcing Affirmations

Over the years, I have discovered a number